March 18, 2019
Lenten Prayer & Pledge:
God, Father, and Creator, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us, especially the gift of your Son. During this Holy season of Lent, help us to change and grow and become the kind of people you created us to be. Fill our hearts with love for you, and love for other people created in your image. Show us how to use the gifts you have given us to help others in your name. As we journey together toward the light of Easter, we know you are with us in all that we do. May we live always as people of your kingdom, praising your name now and forever. Amen.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Joy springs from a grateful heart!
On March 21, we celebrate the feast of St. Benedict. St. Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome, and early in life was drawn to the monastic life. At first he became a hermit and he withdrew to a cave high in the mountains for three years. Some monks chose him as their leader for a while, but soon his strictness not to their taste. He had an idea of gathering various families of monks into one "Grand Monastery" to give them the benefit of unity, fraternity, and permanent worship in one house. Finally he began to build what was to become one of the most famous monasteries in the world-Monte Cassino. The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor, and living together in community.
Each day during Lent, we will read a short passage from the Bible and share information about that passage.
Announcements/News for the Week:
PTAO Boys Event: The PTAO boys' game night was a huge success thanks to the planning of Mr. and Mrs. Tribble and the help of Mr. Thomas and Mr. Clark. Thanks to all of our boys and their parents for participating!
Middle School Governor's Cup: We wish our 6th graders participating at state competition this weekend all the best!
Sophie Cordonnier and Nora Ernst competed in the school's first-ever trip to the Kentucky NASP State Archery Tournament this past weekend in Louisville, KY. Sophie scored a 277 and Nora Scored a 242 during the tournament. Way to go Viking Archers!
Fifth Grade Service Learning: The fifth grade students decided to collect items for the Kenton County Animal Shelter. They raised over $1,200 and lots of needed supplies including beds, food, cleaning supplies, etc. for the shelter. Way to go 5th grade!
Light of Christ Award: Congratulations to Villa 1st Graders, Sam Schaeffer and Avery Kovocic who received their Light of Christ Boy Scout Award at the Cathedral Basilica in Covington on Sunday. The program is designed to encourage a personal relationship with Jesus. Together with their parents, Scouts come to see Jesus as a real person and friend.
Hockey: Seth Degenhardt and his U8 Mite Team thru Northern Kentucky Youth Hockey Association, after a great regular season, won back to back tournament championships the last two (2) weekends, in Athens, OH and Strongsville, OH respectively. Congratulations!!
IOWA Testing: Testing will take place March 18 -29.
Lent: Our Lenten theme is "Prayer & Fasting can change your life." During Lent we will focus on daily activities that will help us to become better people. Throughout the season of Lent we will focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Fine Arts Patron's Gallery Night: Our annual Gallery Night will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Do you study music, voice, dance or another performance art? Then Gallery Night is for you! Gallery Night is an annual showcase of the artistic, musical, and dancing talents of the students at Villa Madonna Academy. If your student is interested in performing at Gallery Night, please complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/WcBpjCdSXfLtmiY03 . Registrations WILL NOT be accepted after April 5, 2019. Students are permitted to participate in only one performance. That is, if your student performs a solo, he/she may not additionally participate in a group presentation. EXCEPTION: If a student is participating in an official VMA group performance (i.e. Villa Singers, Jr. High/HS Band or Chorus), she/he may also perform a solo piece as well. All selections are subject to review and approval by Villa faculty. Please send in an accompaniment CD to the main office or email an MP3 to email@example.com by April 5, 2019. If you have any questions about Gallery Night, please feel free to contact Jackie Carroll at 513-368-4463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grandparents' Day: Calling all grandparents or special grand-friends! VMA grades K to 3 will be having Grandparent's Day on Friday, April 12, 2019. Students are encouraged to invite a grandparent or someone special (other than a parent) to share an afternoon filled with fun at school. Because many of our students may not have a relative in town that can attend, we have scheduled special teachers and sisters from St. Walburg Monastery to serve as special guests for the afternoon. Please indicate on the form if you would like a surrogate grandparent for the afternoon. We will begin with a prayer and performance in the theatre at 1:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m. (please do not arrive any earlier) in the foyer by the main office. After the performance, grandparents or the student's special guest will visit their grandchild's classroom for an activity and snack. After the classroom visit, grandparents are invited to tour the school to view classrooms and artwork. Please go to the link below and TYPE in your child's name, grade level, guests name(s) and if your child has permission to go home with their guest that afternoon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact, Ms. Ransom Mrs. Law, Mrs. Vieth, or Ms. Kurzendorfer. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xdrnnMO-DPXC-5Ru4YrbYFXsXW8jtiCuCHabCFQu3Wk/edit
Kindergarten Service Project: The kindergarten class will be collecting new or gently used children's books (ages 3 to 13) and donating them to the St. Elizabeth Pediatrics Physicians Center. Each child that comes to the center will receive a book to encourage a love for reading. Books can be dropped off in the box located by Ms. Hamm's classroom. Thanks in advance for your support!
Third Grade Service Project: The third graders will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Along with studying recycling, The Cohen Company will also be presenting information to our students. They will share how they recycle the pop tabs, and how a certain percentage of the money from the pop tabs will go to the Ronald McDonald House to help families when their child is being treated at area hospitals. The students will be collecting pop tabs throughout March. If you would like to donate tabs, please send them to the third grade classrooms.
FAP Raffle: The Fine Arts Patrons will be holding a drawing for two box-seat tickets to Dear Evan Hansen at the Cincinnati Aronoff Center on Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 each and will begin being sold in late March. The winner will be drawn on Gallery Night which is Friday, April 12. All proceeds will benefit the FAP which supports Villa's K-12 music, art, and theater department. The FAP also supports educational field trips to enrich the fine arts experience for all students. Please look for more information toward the end of March. You don't want to miss this opportunity to see "a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a music." (The New York Times).
Global Village: This year we focused on learning about three countries: Mexico, China, and India through our book of the month program. Our plan is to continue this by adding three new countries each year. We are hoping to conclude this school year with a special experience for our students - a Villa Global Village. Are you interested in helping us to host this special event? If so, please contact Mrs. Bosley. We think we can get many countries represented through our Villa families and could host a Villa Global Village on Monday, May 20 from 1- 2:30 PM for our students.
Spring Book Fair: The Spring Book fair will be the week of March 18th-March 22nd. The Book Fair will be set-up in the Center Building room 12. March 20th will be Family Night for the Spring Book Fair from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Lost and Found: The Lost and Found area is growing! If you are missing items please check the area.
March Lunch Menu: The March lunch menu has been placed on our website.
YClub: YClub will meet this Tuesday with Mr. Tilley.
High School Musical: We wish the high school students participating in the musical the best of luck this weekend as they will be performing on Thursday - Sunday.
Feast of St. Benedict: Wednesday, March 21 is the Feast of St. Benedict. We will celebrate the day with prayer, and a fun 'hunt' for St. Benedict activity. St. Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome and early in life was drawn to the monastic life. At first he became a hermit and he withdrew to a cave high in the mountains for three years. Some monks chose him as their leader for a while, but found his strictness not to their taste. He had an idea of gathering various families of monks into one "Grand Monastery" to give them the benefit of unity, fraternity, permanent worship in one house. Finally he began to build what was to become one of the most famous monasteries in the world-Monte Cassino. The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor and living together in community.
Rosary Club: Rosary Club will meet after school on Thursday, March 21.
Reconciliation: We will plan a reconciliation service for Friday, March 22.
State Chess Tournament: We wish our students competing in the state tournament on March 23 all the best.
Second Grade Retreat: The 2nd grade teachers are planning a special day on March 26 for their students as they prepare for the sacrament of First Communion.
Chess Club: Chess Club will meet after school on March 27.
Mass: Elementary students will celebrate Mass with Fr. Riesenberg on Friday, March 29. Special thanks to our 6th graders for preparing the liturgy.
Enrichment: Students will have enrichment on Friday, March 29.
Girls Golf: There will be a signup meeting for all those wishing to play on the girls golf teams next Fall on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm in the gym conference room. All those in grades 5-12 are welcome to play as we will again field an elementary and high school team. We will be trying on team golf shirts that night as well so that we can have them ready for the start of the season. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Katie-Scarlett Skinner at email@example.com
Pretty Pony Boutique Ladies Night: Come shop for a cause on April 11 from 7 - 9 PM at the Pretty Pony Boutique located in Crestview Hills Town Center. 25% of all sales during the event will be donated back to Villa. Snacks and beverages will be provided, so make it a girls' night out while shopping!
2018-2019 School Registration: Online registration is now in process for the 2019-2020 school year. To register go to https://villamadonna.org/prospectivestudents/registration-information/. We ask that you complete your registration by March 16 as we begin to plan and schedule classes for our 115th Anniversary Year! Please note that all applications for scholarships and tuition assistanceare due no later than April 1. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Baugh or Mrs. Bosley.
Fine Arts Patrons' Musical Gala Raffle: FAP will be raffling a package valued at over $425! The package includes five premium bottles of bourbon, 2 bourbon glasses with the WORKING logo etched onto the front of each glass from Beyond the Brick and $125 worth of gift cards to area restaurants including Montgomery Inn, Olive Garden, and Outback. Raffle tickets may be purchased at any of the WORKING musical performances, March 21-24, during the Gala on March 23, or through VMA's main office. To order through the office, please include a check made out to VMA with "Gala Raffle" in the memo and include the number of tickets purchased, your name, email, and telephone number. For credit card purchases, please contact Kyle Isaack at 859-331-6333 ext. 133 or go to villamadonna.org, click on "Parents" tab, and scroll down toFAP. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, March 24, 2019 after the final performance. Winner need not be present to win. Bourbon and glasses were generously donated by the Johnson Family.
IOWA Assessments Standardized Testing: From March 18 - March 29 students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be taking the Iowa Assesments and CogAT tests. The Iowa test scores measure each child's growth as well as serve as a standard of measure to help us continue to evaluate our curriculum and progress. These tests are just one of the many tools we use to assess the skills and abilities of our students.
Additional VillaRama Items: We are excited to announce to you that we have an additional item post VillaRama to offer to you. Thomas More University has offered us three certificates that are good for their one week of Youth Soccer Camp 2019, which will take place July 15-19. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:30-11:30 A.M. This package includes a T-Shirt and is valued at $125. Let us start the bidding on a first come first serve basis. The certificates will go to the three highest bidders. Bidding closes at 8 A.M. on Monday, March 18. If you are interested in this package please Contact Kyle Issack at 859-331-6333 ext. 133 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Musical: Tickets are now on sale for Villa's spring musical, "Working." There are shows March 21st-24th. Tickets are available at www.seatyourself.biz/villamadonna.
Chair for Breakfast with Santa: Are you interested in helping to plan a wonderful day for young children? Then, consider signing up with the PTAO to chair Breakfast with Santa December 2019. This is always a wonderful event and a whole lot of fun to plan with some friends! Questions, please contact Mrs. Bosley or 2018 Chairs Mrs. Arnsperger and Mrs. Nine. If we do not find a chair within the next few weeks, we will not have enough time to plan this event.
Summer Camps at VMA: We will once again be hosting several summer camps at Villa held by Villa faculty members and the Cincinnati Museum Center. Flyers for these camps with more details will be distributed in the March family folder and will be available in the eFolder on our website. Information about athletic camps will be shared shortly.
- CSI Camp for students entering grades 3, 4, and 5 the week of June 3. Time: 9-11:30 a.m.
- Drama Camp for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 the week of June 3. Time: 9-12 p.m.
- Behind the Scenes Drama Camp for students in 7th and 8th the week of June 3. Time: 12:30-3:00 p.m.
- Drama Camp for students entering grades 2, 3, and 4 the week of June 10. Time: 9-12 p.m.
- LEGO Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 10. Time: 9-11:30 a.m.
- Dance Camp for students entering grades 1, 2, and 3 the week of June 10. Time: 12 - 2:30 p.m.
- Crochet Camp for students entering grades 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 10. Time: 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
- Stuffed Animal Crochet Camp for students entering grades 5, 6 and 7 the week of June 17. Time: 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
- Four camps are being held by the Cincinnati Museum Center on Villa's campus. To sign up for these camps visit: https://www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camps/summer/
St. Elizabeth Healthcare 2019 Adolescent Classes: You may be interested in the following classes offered through St. Elizabeth Healthcare. More information on the classes listed below can be found at: https://stelizabeth.com/events/calendar. Just type the class name in the keyword box.
Mother to Daughter I - Designed to open communication between mothers and daughters regarding puberty. Discussion includes physical and emotional changes of girls during adolescence. Appropriate for ages 9 - 12.
Parent to Son Class - Designed to open communication between a mother or father and son. Discussion includes emotional and physical changes of boys during adolescence. Appropriate for ages 9 - 12.
Safe Sitter - A program that teaches adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Topics include safety and security precautions, child development and age appropriate activities, and the business aspect of babysitting. Appropriate for ages 11 - 13.
Virtus: Please remember to complete your monthly bulletin. We appreciate all our volunteers and the time you give to Villa!
2 FAP Meeting
3 Faculty Meeting
5 ES Mass; April Book of Month; ES Enrichment
10 PTAO Meeting 6:30 p.m.; Villa Hills City Council Meeting with 5th Grade Essay Winners
12 XU PLC; Reconciliation Service Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6; Grandparents' Day/Grandfriends' Day; Gallery Night
17 Stations of the Cross; Middle of 3rd Trimester; City of Villa Hills City Council Meeting
18 Holy Thursday - No School
19 Good Friday - No School
22 - 26Easter Break - No School
24 Administrative Professionals Day
29 Classes Resume
30 Students with April birthdays may be out of uniform
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